Clean up data reporting

The briefing provided by the government present data that are not comparable over time or hard to compare. For example,
-comparisons are made for data at start of lockdown and present day but the method of data gathering has changed - this is not highlighted enough.
-It doesn't make sense to measure benefits of social distancing on tests because the testing systems have changed.
-The way deaths have been reported has changed too.
-The figures provided by the government are for deaths where the person tested positive for COVID - but that doesn't mean COVID caused their unfortunate death.
Number of hospitalisations and cases in ICU are more helpful and can be tied into regional variations ideas.

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The data reporting gives a false picture and should be cleaned up to provide more honesty and transparency. I don't think the SG have done a good job in the way they have managed data during this crisis.

by Pragmatist on May 05, 2020 at 07:56PM

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  • Posted by lindyloo May 05, 2020 at 20:32

    Absolutely agree. I feel the same when it comes to review to end lockdown. Goalposts are constantly changing. It seems they have dug themselves into a hole with this lockdown and they dont know how to get out of it.
  • Posted by mg68 May 05, 2020 at 20:37

    It's a mess, everybody who has covid at time of death is a covid statistic even when other factors are involved in death.
  • Posted by Grannygoose May 05, 2020 at 23:18

    Clarity in statistical reporting is vital to ensure that we can review how this pandemic pans out in order to learn fro the experience.
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